I just realized I have a crazy amount of work to get done this year, especially this month. Not just the games I announced but my other personal projects and activities. The funny thing is 99% of it is stuff I don’t really need to get done. I just want to do it. If you ever wanted to do something you didn’t have to do, you know how hard it is to accomplish it. I’ve been studying this subject all my life and figuring out techniques and methods of accomplishing my goals. One of the most important things to do is have a system of work and having it written down. And even better than having a written down system of work is having it written in some public place for all to read. When others evaluate you and know about your plans suddenly they become much higher priority.
This is a chance to see what’s in my kitchen. If you don’t like abstract writing about doing things here’s a concrete list of tips and techniques I developed during my life which will help me survive 2008.
- Turn off messenger and phone while working on something concrete like programming
- Check e-mail only twice a day (checking my e-mail everytime I think I got mail is one of the nastiest habits ever)
- Visit one website only 2 times a day max (the same as with e-mail, for all sites, even this blog)
- No bookmarks (since about 2 months ago I had to delete 1000’s of bookmarks in my Opera and since then I stopped using them at all. I have a policy now – if I don’t remember it, it’s not worth reading)
- Absolutely no TV (this is easy once you realize it is just marketing and brainwashing, even if it seems interesting or fun, it’s just a clever disguise to make a dumb consumer out of you)
- Alternating – this one tip is worth a million dollars, here’s an example:
Most people don’t read books. Some read one book at a time. I read 3-4 books simultaneously at any given time. Your worst enemy when reading is boredom and tiredness. Once you start becoming bored with 1 book, stop reading it and grab the next book. When you get tired of that one get the third one and so on. If you run out of books return to the first one making a cycle. This works like magic cause your brain is always interested in new things. It’s a mind trick.
This also works with studying. When studying one subject if you become confused or bored switch to another subject. I don’t know what is the limit of this trick, but you can go on for hours like this.
- Alternating left/right brain hemispheres – another golden tip.
What you want to do is when doing something rational for some time switch to doing something irrational. So when I’m learning or programming I tend to switch from time to time to playing guitar. Sometimes I play ping-pong against my wall. I also tried juggling for some time. This relaxes me and gives me more creative ideas.
- Getting up early in the morning (although I hate it I simply get dramatically more things done when I wake up early and start working, no joking here it is a must do)
The number one thing that relates to my energy levels besides the waking hour is diet. Here’s what works for me:
- Eating close to nothing during the work day, certainly no breakfast.
The biggest myth of food has to be that food gives you energy. In the long run yes, but not after the meal. The biggest energy consumer in my body is digesting. Digesting simply makes me tired and the less I eat the more energy I have. Of course this is not healthy in the long run so you shouldn’t be eating while working but after you’re done with everything that needs serious thinking eat all you can. The best diet I discovered is the Warrior’s Diet, where you eat nothing or very little (like fruits) during the day, and at the evening or night you eat as much food as possible. This is also a great cutting diet if you’re bodybuilding. Last year I had muscle gains while losing fat with it, which is awesome if you know what this sport is about.
- Coffee (I had a no caffeine policy last year cause I’m oversensitive to it, but I see now that brain enhancement drugs are a necessity, coffee is the only legal one still left)
- Absolutely no sugar
This is by far the biggest brain killer I discovered. It literally makes your brain soft – scientific fact. Well at least for me, I guess this comes from meditating and knowing your mind states. I definitely am not myself after sugar. This is again counter-intuitive cause everybody will tell you glucoze gives you an energy boost, maybe for your muscles but not when you need to use your brain.
- Not thinking that much
The second biggest energy waster in my body is my brain. Meditation solves this problem, refreshes my mind and gives a thousand other benefits. Sleep isn’t so good for refreshing my mind. Sleeping is like hibernate mode in Windows, when I’m thinking about something and I fall asleep, when I wake up I discover I’m still thinking about the same thing. Only meditation resets the mind completely.
- Using music for accomplishing goals
After getting to know Hinduism and why they seem so obsessed with sound (their mantras, prayers, the way temples are built) I became convinced that sound is energy itself. Sound has a direct impact on your body. I listen only to Heavy Metal while programming – it is raw energy. Listen to it only loudly, never with headphones! And you must listen to it with a good speaker system, feel the bass and the vibrations. That feeling is the energy transfer. It works wonders for my state of mind. Also when I want to think logically or mathematically I put on Bach. Bach is math in musical form.
- Power naps
This is something I discovered last year. I always had trouble with napping during the day until I learned how to do it. Whenever I feel a bit tired I go on my bed to meditate. That bores the hell out of me and I fall asleep. I accomplish two things at once. Napping solves the problem of procrastination while low on energy in the body and meditations resets the brain.
- Not wasting time on negativity and negative people
(I define negativity as the opposite of productivity and constructive/motivating thought) I made a decision to not even talk to people that are being negative this year. Only spend time with people that provide value. Especially on this blog, so if I’m ignoring you, you know why.
That’s all for now. I hope you find some tips useful. If you are curious more why things work in this list you should try them. You wouldn’t believe how simple things can have a dramatic impact on your whole life. The simplest tips are the best and also hardest to use because we easily neglect them. Don’t do that if you’re serious about getting things done and having a great life. Wish you the best this year.